Growth Capital

SG Credit Profile: Cash Flow

The Company: An entrepreneur-owned specialty delivery service catering primarily to the medical industry.

The Financing Situation: The founder of the Company needed growth capital to fund an emerging but unrelated new venture. The founder had previously signed an LOI with another lender that re-traded key deal terms during diligence. Faced with immediate time constraints, the founder needed a new debt provider that could execute quickly and provide certainty to close.

The Solution: Although the new venture on its own could not yet support a debt facility, SG was able to mitigate this by underwriting the cash flows of the Company. Given the Company’s positive growth trend, diverse customer base, and historical cash flow, SG was able to provide substantial covenant flexibility and permitted growth capital advances to fund the new venture. SG closed within three (3) weeks of signed term sheet.

SG Credit Profile: Technology (SaaS)

The Company: Provider of B2B and B2C telephony-related security services.

The Financing Situation: The Company was seeking non-dilutive growth capital to execute on sales & marketing initiatives and have the ability to close quickly on accretive acquisitions.

The Solution: SG was able to get comfortable with the transaction due to the Company’s consistent growth in MRR, strong retention metrics, profitability, and experienced management team. Within 3 weeks from signed term sheet, SG provided a $2MM growth capital facility with $1.5MM funded and an additional $500K tranche available based on continued growth.

SG Credit Profile: Technology (SaaS)

The Company: Software as a Service platform that provides AI-powered marketing analytics. The platform provides an end-to-end suite of tools that allow clients to research and measure their marketing investments and maximize ROI.

The Financing Situation: The Company’s existing bank credit facility was no longer a strategic fit and the Company was seeking additional non-dilutive capital to help execute on its growing sales pipeline.

The Solution: SG was able to get comfortable with the transaction due to the Company’s strong management team, blue chip customer base, enterprise value, and its supportive cap table. SG provided a $2MM senior secured facility with an interest-only period and modest amortization to payoff the bank and support the Company’s ARR growth with non-dilutive capital.

The Company: Digital signage SaaS platform enabling SMB & enterprise customers to easily create and manage content in real time on any number of displays, anywhere in the world. Ownership: Founders & Management. Run Rate ARR: $3mm+.

The Financing Situation: The Company had been bootstrapped with founders’ capital to date and was seeking a non-dilutive capital solution to (i) continue to grow ARR and in turn enterprise value prior to an institutional equity raise and (ii) bridge to profitability.

The Solution: SG was able to get comfortable with the Company’s earlier stage revenue due to the Company’s proven technology with enterprise clients, strong SaaS metrics, and the founders’ successful track record and continued support of the business. SG provided a $2.2mm senior secured facility with an interest-only period until the Company reaches profitability.

The Company: Sponsor-backed document scanning company that provides an array of workflow optimization services. The Company’s scanning service model, coupled with its cloud-based data hosting platform, enables it to transform physical documents to actionable digital data for its customers. Recurring Revenue: $12.5MM | Services Revenue: $3MM.

The Financing Situation: For the past few years, the Company was focused on developing its technology platform and implementing several key channel partnerships. Though the Company expects these dynamics to be fruitful in the long-term, the short-term effect was a decrease in profitability. The Company’s existing lender had provided a traditional asset-based line of credit based on eligible accounts receivable. This structure did not provide the Company with the flexibility it needed to expand sales and marketing initiatives through its new channel partnerships. Lender and borrower fatigue set in, so the Company went to market to find a debt partner that could a) look for value beyond just the assets, and b) scale with it as it executed on its growth strategy.

The Solution: SG was able to get comfortable with the Company’s strong pipeline of contracted revenue, return to profitability, revenue retention rate greater than 90%, and plethora of expansion opportunities through its new channel partnerships. SG provided a senior secured, $3MM growth capital loan structured around recurring revenue, proforma cash flow and total leverage.

The Company: Southeast based consumer credit and identity solutions software-as-a-service provider, majority owned by founder & CEO Ed Margolin. Visit Fraud Protection Network’s website to learn more.

The Financing Situation: The Company had previously financed its growth with a combination of equity and convertible notes.  With new product rollouts and strategic partnerships in 2020 creating accelerated growth, the Company was seeking non-dilutive capital to finance its working capital needs and extinguish convertible notes in order to preserve equity.

The Solution: SG was able to quickly get comfortable with the transaction due to the rapidly growing monthly recurring revenue, strong industry retention rates, and overall financial health of the company.  SG structured a covenant-lite $2.5MM loan with a tailored repayment schedule around cash flow that bought out the convertible notes to avoid further dilution and provided additional liquidity for the Company to continue its growth trajectory without equity support.

This transaction demonstrates SG’s ability to underwrite SaaS / recurring revenue loans. While many of you know us as a cash flow based lender, we now provide non-dilutive SaaS / recurring revenue loans requiring creativity, flexibility, and speed to close. Click HERE for a link to our SaaS / recurring revenue one pager to learn more.

The Company:

Privately owned consumer debt collection agency.

 The Financing Situation:

The Company needed capital quickly to move on opportunistic portfolio purchases as well as working capital cushion while collection curves ramped up.

 The Solution:

SG was able to quickly get comfortable with the transaction due to the value of dedicated portfolio collateral as well as a strong personal guaranty from the owner. SG worked quickly to provide a $1.5MM funded ($2.5MM total) facility in a first lien position with interest-only payments. Closing timeframe was one week.

This transaction highlights SG’s ability to structure and underwrite collateral based / guarantor based loans. While many of you know us as a cash flow based lender, we now provide special situation (balance sheet) loans requiring creativity, flexibility, and speed to close. We also have a strong interest in providing customized solutions for illiquid high net worth entrepreneurs.

The Company: Founder-owned commercial real estate software-as-a-service (“SaaS”) platform.

The Financing Situation: The Company’s legacy business has matured to a stable level with long-term contracted customers. Through a majority-owned subsidiary, the Company is developing a complementary SaaS platform. The new platform is still in its early stages of deployment and needed growth capital to fine-tune software development and expand marketing initiatives.

The Solution: Despite the current market conditions, SG was able to get comfortable with the contracted recurring revenue of the legacy business, its mission critical software, and the counter cyclicality of the platform. SG worked quickly to provide a senior secured $4.5MM growth capital loan facility within 10 days of receiving a signed term sheet.

The Company:  Founder-owned AI software subscription and services company providing a management platform for microservice-based enterprise applications.  Services Revenue: $10MM | SaaS Revenue: $3MM.

The Financing Situation:  The Company had successfully grown their annual recurring revenue (ARR) base from $2MM to $3MM over the course of 12 months with no outside investment. In order to raise an equity round at a high valuation, they knew they needed to drive ARR up to $5MM in 2020. This would require investment in software development and hiring additional sales personnel, but the Company was under a cash constraint due to the cyclical nature of their contracts. The majority of the Company’s contracts are tied to government agencies and therefore tied directly to the annual government budget and spending cycle. The Company needed near term liquidity to fund R&D and sales initiatives in order to achieve their revenue growth goals in 2020.

The Solution: SG was impressed with the Company’s software platform, organic growth, strong pipeline of contracted revenue, and ability to reach positive cash flow with no equity financing and minimal debt financing. SG provided a senior secured, $3MM growth capital loan structured around an ARR borrowing base and provided tailored amortization around the Company’s cyclical cash flow.

The Company: Enterprise SaaS platform that enables companies to prepare and oversee RFPs and other business responses with speed, accuracy, and compliance. Recurring Revenue: $4.5MM.

The Financing Situation: The private equity backed Company was emerging from an operational restructuring and planned to rebuild its tech platform to increase functionality, improve UX, and drive sales. The Company’s existing bank lender was not willing to finance these initiatives so SG Credit was approached to refinance the existing bank lender and provide additional liquidity so the Company could execute on its plan.

The Solution: SG Credit provided the Company with a bifurcated loan structure consisting of a $1MM interest-only loan to refinance the existing debt and a $1MM term loan to finance the Company’s growth initiatives.  This structure provided the Company with 12+ months of runway and allowed the Company’s existing bank lender to exit the credit as desired.  SG Credit was able to close the deal within 3 weeks after quickly getting comfortable with the Company’s recurring revenue, client base quality, low churn, strength of the new management team, and continued shareholder support.